Popular Appetizers Recipes

Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate -- not fill your stomach. That's what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun - since you don't have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don't have to be fancy to pack a punch - spicy wings, deviled eggs, easy bruschetta, or even a nicely presented dip can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you're planning for a holiday party, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you're serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients - serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember - you're going for flavor, not quantity.

Smashed Potatoes

This simple side dish offers a fry-like crunch alongside the creamy, starchy goodness of baked potatoes!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Smashed Potatoes

Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Take the stress out of entertaining by making this slow cooker appetizer. You can prepare it well in advance of when your guests arrive and then leave it on to warm all evening long.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Chicken and White Bean Taco Dip

Easy Party Appetizers

Watch how simple it is to make your appetizers the life of the party. Our Kraft Kitchens Expert will show you how with this Easy Party Appetizers video. These appetizers are a snap to prepareżand the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Cracked Black Pepper and Rosemary Focaccia

Start with a basic pizza dough recipe and add a handful of Italian toppings for a flavorful loaf of focaccia.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cracked Black Pepper and Rosemary Focaccia

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

This decadent slow cooker shrimp dip is extra creamyy thanks to three kinds of cheese and a cup of half-and-half.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheesy Shrimp Dip

Beefy Borscht

Borscht, a popular sweet and sour soup from Eastern Europe, gets a protein boost from beef chuck.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Beefy Borscht

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

These rich and crumbly cheese wafers boast slice-and-bake ease. Serve with pepper jelly or a mixture of pepper jelly and cream cheese.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Cheese Wafers with Pepper Jelly

Fire and Ice Shrimp

Add this spicy shrimp appetizer to your party or potluck menu. It's the perfect make-ahead recipe for any gathering.

From Family Circle

Fire and Ice Shrimp

Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips

Wonton wrapper chips definitely add to the crab rangoon-like vibe, but rice crackers, sugar snap peas or baby bok choy leaves would also make good Asian-inspired dippers.

From Midwest Living

Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt and vinegar potato chip fans can cut carbs but keep all the flavor and crunch with this kale chip recipe.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Portobellos Stuffed With Farro Caprese

Whole grain farro and plenty of vegetables ensure that this vegetarian recipe will keep you feeling satisfied for hours.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Portobellos Stuffed With Farro Caprese

Gluten Free Spicy Kale Chips

Toss kale leaves with olive oil, salt and spices, then bake, for a nutritious twist on fried potato chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Gluten Free Spicy Kale Chips

Sugared Pecans

From Taste of the South

Sugared Pecans

Garden Veggie Shrimp

Feel free to use any fresh famers market vegetables in place of the carrots and sweet peppers called for in this shrimp dinner.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Garden Veggie Shrimp

Ginger Soy Shrimp

Add a pat of butter right before baking these packets to help the flavors of the shrimp and vegetables meld.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ginger Soy Shrimp

Proscuitto & Broccolini Shrimp

If you can't find proscuitto, bacon or pancetta would also add a nice salty, meaty element to these shrimp packets.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Proscuitto & Broccolini Shrimp

Southwestern Shrimp

Use a parchment packet to keep the vegetables brightly-colored and crunchy and to corral all the tasty herb aromas.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Southwestern Shrimp

Ricotta Meatballs

These ricotta-laced beef meatballs taste like they came right out of an Italian grandmother's kitchen!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ricotta Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa

Make a double batch of this mango salsa to serve with tortilla chips.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs with Mango Salsa

Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs

Half Italian, half down-home barbecue fare, these turkey meatballs are 100% delicious. Try them as an appetizer or in a sub sandwich.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs

Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce

From Midwest Living

Chile-Lime Grilled Tiger Shrimp with Avocado Cocktail Sauce

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

If you don't have quinoa in your pantry, wheat berries or barley would also work well in this salad.

From Family Circle

Organic Baby Lettuces and Quinoa Salad

Grilled Figs with Rum-Infused Ricotta

Spike cool and creamy ricotta with rum for a sweet dip to scoop up with grilled figs.

From Family Circle

Grilled Figs with Rum-Infused Ricotta

4 Ways with Skillet Corn Bread

The Southern staple is elevated by vegetables, cheese, bacon and more. Try each of our four customizable cornbread recipes, then ask your family to choose a favorite!

From Better Homes and Gardens

4 Ways with Skillet Corn Bread

Tex-Mex Burgers

Salsa isn't just for tacos. Top our avocado cheeseburgers with the Mexican condiment for a flavor fiesta!

From Parents

Tex-Mex Burgers

Cucumber-Avocado Soup

Pair this chilled soup with a trendy toast or a gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

From Family Circle

Cucumber-Avocado Soup

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